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October 27, 2004

 

 

MAYOR HARRIS RESPONDS TO MAYORAL CANDIDATES' STATEMENTS ON THE WAIKIKI WAR MEMORIAL NATATORIUM

 

Mayor Jeremy Harris today issued the following statement following last night's mayoral debate.

 

"Both mayoral candidates have committed to stopping the emergency repairs that are about to begin on the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium.  Such action could endanger people's lives, place the City in legal jeopardy for any harm that could result from such a short-sighted act.

 

"Large areas of the pool deck have collapsed recently.  The rest has deteriorated so badly that it is in imminent danger of crashing into the water below. Pieces of the exterior seawalls are falling into the ocean.  Two independent engineering studies recently confirmed this.  It is urgent that we mitigate the hazards immediately.  The City could be liable unless action is taken to remedy the situation.

 

"While the next Mayor may choose to amend the project, alternatives will not be simple, inexpensive or quick.  The Natatorium is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the pool borders a Marine Life Conservation District.  Permits alone could take years.  In the interim, it is critical that the emergency repairs be done and public safety be preserved."

 

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

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